Gold Ribbon Rescue (GRR) is an all-volunteer organization based in Austin, Texas, that was founded on a dream to provide safe, loving, lifetime homes for golden retrievers in need, regardless of age or medical condition. GRR provides a network for rescuing, sheltering, rehabilitating, and placing golden retrievers in permanent homes in central Texas. GRR also provides public education about responsible dog ownership and, in particular, about the golden retriever breed.
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Charming Pet Rescue is a home-based rescue with a fenced main yard where dogs are free to run and three separate yards for dogs that prefer a more relaxed environment. All have food and water stations throughout. Every evening the dogs are tucked into the rescue’s climate-controlled kennel building with soft bedding. About 50 foster families also provide loving homes and lots of TLC.
Austin Boxer Rescue (ABR) is a nonprofit, volunteer-led dog rescue established in 2006 and serving the entire state of Texas. ABR rescues dogs from community shelter partners and individual owners who can no longer care for their dogs. ABR provides safe, clean, comfortable shelter in the ABR kennel or in volunteer foster homes, nutritious food, medical treatment through 17 veterinary practice partners, rehabilitation and care to prepare each dog for adoption.
Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN) is an innovative program whose mission is to foster the joy of animal companionship. SPAN supports the relationship and bond between low-income Dallas County seniors and their pets. Clients are low-income seniors, age 67 or older, who live in Dallas County and have a companion animal. For many, their pet is the only companionship they have for weeks on end. It is important to SPAN and their clients are able to keep companion pets as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Senior dogs have specific needs and, sometimes, higher costs of care.
Since 2004, Legacy Boxer Rescue's (LBR) all-volunteer mission has been to seek out boxers in need in North Texas, and create the legacy they deserve– a loving family and home of their own. To achieve this mission, LBR pulls dogs in need from shelters and accepts surrendered dogs directly from owners without regard to age or health. LBR has 233 active volunteers and averages 100-150 adoptions each year. All dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
Golden Retriever Acres Senior Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2012 serving primarily as a refuge for senior and special needs Goldens by providing a clean, safe and loving sanctuary in which to live out their golden years. They also facilitate foster and adoption placements for able residents. Their kennel-free facility is situated on a beautiful two acres in Texas.
Thousands of homeless dogs enter the Montgomery County, Texas, shelter system every year, and up to 40% of them are heartworm positive. A heartworm positive dog is 75% less likely to be adopted than a heartworm negative dog. The Heartworm Foundation’s mission is to remove heartworms as a barrier to adoption for dogs from Montgomery County animal shelters by working with adopters and other nonprofit rescues to supply treatment. Since their inception, hundreds of dogs have been successfully treated for heartworms and went on to find loving, forever homes.
Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nonprofit animal shelter and foster-based rescue organization that’s pioneering comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the most at-risk homeless companion animals and educate others to do the same through its American Pets Alive! nationwide education and outreach division. Being a leader in no kill sheltering in America’s largest no kill city, APA! helps more than 11,000 dogs and cats annually in central Texas and beyond, giving them a chance at the life they deserve. Since 2008, APA!